VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The New York Islanders' big comeback over the Vancouver Canucks in a seven-goal third period even caught them by surprise.
After all, in recent days it has been the Islanders who have let teams rally late to beat them.
Matt Martin scored the winner in the Islanders' record-tying period, and New York erased a three-goal deficit in the final frame to beat the Canucks 7-4 on Monday night.
The Islanders trailed 3-0 after the second.
"A 3-0 deficit going into the third period, we were pretty deflated," Martin said. "The coaches came in and made it clear we didn't do enough in the second period and we didn't play for one another, and if we didn't pick up our game in the third period they'd have no problem taking guys out of the lineup."
Martin made it 5-4 at 10:04 of the third for the Islanders.
Josh Bailey, Ryan Strome, Calvin de Haan, Frans Nielsen, Anders Lee and Cal Clutterbuck also scored for the Islanders (25-33-9), who scored four times in the first 6:22 of the third.
The Islanders tied the team record for goals in a period, matching the mark set in the second period of a 9-4 win over the New York Rangers on Dec. 23, 1978.
Chris Higgins, Henrik Sedin, Ryan Kesler and Chris Tanev scored for the Canucks (29-28-10), who lost for the 12th time in 14 games.
"This is a kick in the teeth," Canucks coach John Tortorella said. "It's certainly going to take a little bit more than normal coach's speak (to get) by this game."
Evgeni Nabokov made 20 saves in the win. Eddie Lack stopped 21 shots for the Canucks.
The Islanders let two-goal leads get away in the third periods of losses to Edmonton and Calgary on consecutive nights last week.
New York went 2-1-1 on its four-game trip and improved to 8-22-2 when trailing after two periods this season. The Islanders are only 9-6-5 when leading after two.
"I don't know that I've ever been a part of a game like that," said Kyle Okposo, who had three assists. "In the second period we were extremely flat.
"We came out in the third, and Bailey got a big goal for us. We smelled blood and rolled from there."
New York's first three goals came on power plays, and Nielsen's scored right after another Vancouver penalty had expired.
"I've never been in a game like that as far as seeing a period like that, because we were playing so well going in," Tortorella said. "In between periods, we talked about the things we needed to do to nail that game down, but we really put ourselves in a jam with some bad penalties, and they gained momentum."
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